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Aspen health fair returns in November

Aspen Valley Hospital’s community-health fair returns this fall with discounted blood draws offered by appointment only.

The fair will be held from Nov. 10-13 at two locations: Aspen Valley Hospital will host the fair Nov. 10, Nov. 11 and Nov. 12; and, on Nov. 13, the fair will be held at the El Jebel Community Center.

To register, visit or call 800-217-5866.

Although some of the screenings of pre-COVID health fairs remain unavailable — such as vision, body mass index and blood pressure — participants can sign up for a handful blood tests in addition to the extensive HealthScreen ($70) test with complete blood count. The additional tests offered to participants this year include hemoglobin A1C & EAG ($35), hsCardio CRP ($35), PSA ($40) and Vitamin D ($45).

Spoken word poets to perform at Marble Bar

Aspen Words is putting on a free performance featuring spoken word poets Natasha “natty” Carrizosa, Logan Phillips and Joaquín Zihuatanejo at Marble Bar in the Aspen Mountain Residences at 415 E. Dean St.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and organizers encourage attendees to arrive early and take advantage of Marble Distilling Co.’s locally-crafted options. The performance is schedule for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with book signing and mingling to follow.

Aspen Words said young people are welcome with their parents — but understand that the poets will share work containing adult content, and alcohol will be available for purchase for those over 21.

Prize-winning film screen Thursday at Isis

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Aspen Film are partnering to bring filmmaker Shaunak Sen’s award-winning film, “All That Breathes,” to the Isis Theatre in Aspen for an exclusive screening event on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for ACES and Aspen Film members and $20 for the public. Tickets can be purchased online at

Sen’s film received the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (2022), Best Documentary Film at the Cannes Film Festival (2022) and was selected for the New York Film Festival (2022). 

Although the story focuses on a regional climate crisis in India, the film is an exploration of the connection between humans and other species, the influence of place on such connections and how climate change holds repercussions for all of us, regardless of where in the world we live, organizers said.  

Sen said: “I am not interested in making either conventional ‘nature-based’ programming or a ‘wildlife’ documentary. My focus is neither limited to the life of the human protagonists nor the avian ones. The city itself — replete with the many human-animal ensembles in it — features in the film as a character.”

Coming soon: Shining Mountains Film Festival

The Shining Mountains Film Festival, presented by the Aspen Indigenous Foundation in partnership with the city of Aspen and the Wheeler Opera House, is the first Native American film festival in Aspen.  

The festival in mid-October is an opportunity for Native American filmmakers, directors, producers and talents to tell their story from their standpoint and share their films that exhibit the struggles and beauty contained within the Native American communities past and present, organizers said.

Started in 2018 to commemorate the first anniversary of the city of Aspen passing a resolution to celebrate Indigenous People Day in lieu of Columbus Day, this is the fourth year of the Shining Mountains Film Festival.

This year, the festival will celebrate Native American culture and history with two long feature films and 12 short films.  

Native American filmmakers and special guests will take the stage for live Q&A sessions after their films. To kick off the Shining Mountains Film Festival a traditional Ute Blessing Prayer will be offered by Ute Elder, Reggie Lopez.  

Three-time world Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie will do a live performance on stage Friday, Oct. 14, before the first long feature film. A special guest Laura GrizzlyPaws of St’át’imc descent, British Columbia, will conclude the festival Oct. 16 with a live performance of the Grizzly Bear Dance.

Buffalo Child, a Plains Cree who lives in Woody Creek will be the emcee for this event. Tara Pretends Eagle, Lakota, will serve as moderator.

Fall Trash Crush set Oct. 14

The third annual Pristine Riders Fall Trash Crush community cleanup and environmental stewardship event will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at North Star Nature Preserve’s south gate parking lot.

The event is open to adults 18 and older and is hosted by Pristine Riders, a local nonprofit combining a passion for cycling and cleaning up the environment, and Sun Dog Athletics. Orange safety vests and trash bags will be provided in partnership with Colorado Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program.

Sponsors include the city of Aspen, Pitkin County Solid Waste Center and The Big Wrap. The first 15 volunteers to sign up at will receive a complimentary volunteer lunch courtesy of Babs at The Big Wrap. Trashy Awards with special prizes will be presented. Sun protection, long pants, work gloves, water and extra clothing in case of inclement weather are suggested.

More information and registration are available by contacting organizer Erik Skarvan at or 970-925-1069, or you can personally message Dog Athletics or Pristine Riders on Facebook.

Firm names new partner

Kalamaya | Goscha has announced that personal-injury attorney Michael Fox has been promoted to partner.

He joined Kalamaya | Goscha in May 2017, and his personal-injury work has including recovering over $12 million dollars for the firm’s clients, according to a news announcement. He has tried over 30 personal-injury and criminal-defense cases with either a judge or jury.

Fox currently serves as the president of the 9th Judicial Bar Association. He is also a member of the Colorado Bar, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Pitkin County Bar Association.

Off to school at Hamilton College

Grace Petersen, of Snowmass Village, recently matriculated as a member of the Hamilton College class of 2026.

Petersen, a graduate of Aspen High School, was selected from a pool of 9,899 applicants from 35 states and 26 countries and joins a community of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students.

Hamilton College is liberal arts institution in Clinton, N.Y.